Timor Awakening Programme
Timor Awakening (TA) is a programme of renewal and rehabilitation for Australian and Timorese Veterans founded in 2016. Key elements of the program include: holistic health education, personal & group engagement, pastoral care, mentoring, historical commemoration and more, centred around an 11-day immersion experience in Timor-Leste. To date over 130 Australian Veterans and hundreds of Timorese Veterans have taken part in Timor Awakening.
In a country born out of trauma, hope and resilience, the peaceful, spiritual and breathtaking Timor-Leste provides a backdrop for healing and renewal. The multitude of activities creates a bonded group that will remain connected through each other’s journey of healing and growth. The overarching theme of hope, forgiveness and purpose is a feature through dozens of activities. Despite a troubled and traumatic past, the Timor Awakening experience is testament to veterans that there is hope, and with purpose and support, a positive and healthy future is possible.